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281 Halliday, Hugh A. (Vernon C. 'Woody' Woodward.) WOODY: A FIGHTER PILOT'S ALBUM.
Toronto CANAV 1987 0969070381 / 9780969070382 1st Printing Very Good Very Good 
144 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The late 1930s was a time of restlessness for many young Canadians. For some, nothing short of a trip to England and a visit to the RAF recruiter could satisfy their urge for adventure. One who followed this path was Vernon C. Woodward, a British Columbian from Victoria. (This book traces Woodward's) flying career fromTiger Moths in Scotland, then on to advanced training and out to pre-war Egypt to his first posting. (When war breaks out) the young pilots are flung against a seemingly overwhelming enemy. They do their best, flying their little biplane Gladiators. Woody records his first kill as the pace of combat accelerates daily. Soon Woody's squadron is called to Greece to face even harsher odds with an onslaught of Messerschmitts and Junkers. Woody's tally of kills grows steadily, as does that of many of his mates, but one by one he is losing his friends as the unequal struggle continues. Inevitably the British must withdraw. They make their last stand on Crete, where the situtation is hopeless from the start. Soon there is not a single airworthy Hurricane and Woody and his fellow airmen must take rifle and Tommy gun in hand to fight rugged German parachutists at close quarters. In the end, the British forces made a humilitating retreat to Egypt, where Woody again faces the enemy and records his 20th and final kill, making him one of Canada's leading aces of either world war." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear to boards, large dog-ear corner crease on page leaf 19/20 and page leaf 99/100. Dust jacket has some light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-foldsm slight wrinkling at top edge. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
TO SHATTER THE SKY: BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR., Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore.  Foreword by Wing Commander Ken Wallis.
282 Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore. Foreword by Wing Commander Ken Wallis. TO SHATTER THE SKY: BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR.
Cambridge Patrick Stephens 1984 0850596785 / 9780850596786 First Edition. Very Good Very Good+ 
233 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). Many b&w photographs. "Beginning with a general description of a typical wartime bomber airfield, (this book) goes on to relate in their own words the personal stories of several crews and their missions. The locales vary, as do the targets, the results and the nationalities of the raconteurs, but the overall image is one of an Empire of bold young men treading where Goring boasted no enemy would succeed in treading. All the courage, drama, tragedy and, indeed, humour of war is contained in this compelling documentary which will appeal both to modern historians and enthusiasts as well as to those who remember the dark but strangely exhilarating days which it recalls." Bump at bottom of spine, tiny bump at bottom corners of boards and at top of spine, very tiny tear/wrinkle at top of page 111/112. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TO SHATTER THE SKY: BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR., Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore.  Foreword by Wing Commander Ken Wallis.
283 Halpenny, Bruce Barrymore. Foreword by Wing Commander Ken Wallis. TO SHATTER THE SKY: BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR.
Cambridge Patrick Stephens 1984 0850596785 / 9780850596786 First Edition. Very Good - Good+ 
233 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). Pictorial endpapers, many b&w photographs. "Beginning with a general description of a typical wartime bomber airfield, (this book) goes on to relate in their own words the personal stories of several crews and their missions. The locales vary, as do the targets, the results and the nationalities of the raconteurs, but the overall image is one of an Empire of bold young men treading where Goring boasted no enemy would succeed in treading. All the courage, drama, tragedy and, indeed, humour of war is contained in this compelling documentary which will appeal both to modern historians and enthusiasts as well as to those who remember the dark but strangely exhilarating days which it recalls." Slight twist to spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, faint erased pencil marks at top of front free endpaper, small amount of colored pen underlining to text and small pen notation in bottom margin of page 143. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - also on flap-folds and on hinges; light fading to spine color; light rubbing; three small edge tears archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WINGS OF NIGHT:  THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC., Hamilton, Alexander.
284 Hamilton, Alexander. WINGS OF NIGHT: THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC.
Crecy 1993 0947554343 / 9780947554347 Reprint Near Fine Very Good 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "Charles Pickard joined the Royal Air Force before the outbreak of World War II, and at the beginning of hostilities was posted to No.99 Bomber Squadron and was later to command the Czech 311 Squadron. He took part in the Bruneval raid, and came to the forefront of public attention when he starred as 'F for Freddie' in 'Target for Tonight', a film made to illustrate the operational role of the bomber. His secret missions began when he was posted to RAF Tempsford, the jumping off ground for the SOE operations from where, as a Lysander pilot, his sorties took him deep into enemy territory at night to drop secret agents and supplies. Time after time he demonstrated his extraordinary ability for night flying but, ironically, was killed while taking a prominent part in the famous daylight raid on the prison at Amiens." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light rubbing, irregular light line indentation on front panel, two tiny pin holes on front flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
WINGS OF NIGHT:  THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC., Hamilton, Alexander.
285 Hamilton, Alexander. WINGS OF NIGHT: THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC.
Crecy 1993 0947554343 / 9780947554347 Reprint Near Fine Very Good+ 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "Charles Pickard joined the Royal Air Force before the outbreak of World War II, and at the beginning of hostilities was posted to No.99 Bomber Squadron and was later to command the Czech 311 Squadron. He took part in the Bruneval raid, and came to the forefront of public attention when he starred as 'F for Freddie' in 'Target for Tonight', a film made to illustrate the operational role of the bomber. His secret missions began when he was posted to RAF Tempsford, the jumping off ground for the SOE operations from where, as a Lysander pilot, his sorties took him deep into enemy territory at night to drop secret agents and supplies. Time after time he demonstrated his extraordinary ability for night flying but, ironically, was killed while taking a prominent part in the famous daylight raid on the prison at Amiens." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of rear flap - very minor edge/wrinkling wear elsewhere, very light rubbing, an area of printing ink smudges on inside surface. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
1. THE CRIPPLED TREE.  2. A MORTAL FLOWER.  3. BIRDLESS SUMMER., Han Suyin.  (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.)
286 Han Suyin. (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.) 1. THE CRIPPLED TREE. 2. A MORTAL FLOWER. 3. BIRDLESS SUMMER.
London Jonathan Cape 
Han Suyin (1916-2012), daughter of a Chinese father and Belgium mother, was born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow and is perhaps best known for her novel "A Many-Splendoured Thing", basis for the movie, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". These are the first three volumes of her autobiography, tracing her family history from 1885, then her own story up to 1948. (Two later volumes, covering the years 1949-1991 are not included here.) All are in dust jackets, have pictorial endpapers, b&w photo-graphs & map, 8 3/4" H. 1. The Crippled Tree - 461 pp, 1970 reprint, ISBN 0224610058. "Han Suyin evokes, through the life of her two families (eastern and western), a panorama of the history of China from 1885 to 1928. It contains eyewitness accounts, from family papers, of the Sino-French War, of the revolution of 1911 and of the emergence of Chiang Kai-shek." 2. A Mortal Flower - 413 pp, 1966 first edition. "(Covers) the decade from 1928 to 1938, when Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and Mao Tsetung in his mountain fastness gathered the spent remnants of an almost destroyed communist army and rebuilt it as a force. The Japanese invasion, the Long March, the Student Revolt of 1936 - all these happened in China while Hitler and Mussolini hypnotized Europe with their preparations for war." 3. Birdless Summer - 347 pp, 1968 first edition, ISBN 224614711. "The events of Chinese history between 1938 and 1948 are vividly reconstructed (here). The story of Han Suyin's unhappy marriage to a fanatical army officer is told against the background of the appalling confusion and corruption of China at that time: the Japanese invasion, the misery and squalor of the retreating Chinese, the activi-ties of Chiang Kai-shek and his 'Blueshirts', the violent prelude to revolution. (Her) narrative is not merely the affecting and extraordinary lfie of a woman of immense courage. In the way that it brings to life more powerfully than ever before the spirit and politics of China, it is a significant contribution to the history of our time." Volume 1- fading to color at edges of boards and on front hinge, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling, two edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color. Volume 2 - light fading to color on top of spine - also a tiny stain, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, very light browning to edges of text block, very light edge wear, very small bump to bottom corner of front board - migrates into half the pages, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light wear at top of rear hinge and front flap, small ink stin on inside of rear flap, light rubbing. Volume 3 has very light edge wear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
THE LONGEST BATTLE:  THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN THE ATLANTIC, 1939-1945., Harbron, John D.
287 Harbron, John D. THE LONGEST BATTLE: THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN THE ATLANTIC, 1939-1945.
Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, (1993). 
132 pp, 4to (11" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1551250020 Profusely illustrated with b&w photos, reproductions. Contents: The Navy that went to War; The Miracle on Land - Building the Ships; Ocean Killing Grounds - The Convoys; Two Canadia n Navy Families in the War; The WRENs, God Bless 'Em; The U-Boats and their Crews - Bravery and Fatalism; Winding Down and Going Home; Looking Back on Wartime Friendships; Select Bibliography. Light waviness on preliminary pages and up to pag e 1 2 - also at top/bottom of pages 125 to end of book, a few tiny bumps on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has some very light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE LONGEST BATTLE:  THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN THE ATLANTIC, 1939-1945., Harbron, John D.
288 Harbron, John D. THE LONGEST BATTLE: THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN THE ATLANTIC, 1939-1945.
Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, (1995), 1st. paperback edition. 
132 pp, 4to (11" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos, reproductions. Contents: The Navy that went to War; The Miracle on Land - Building the Ships; Ocean Killing Grounds - The Convoys; Two Canadian Navy Families in the War; The WRENs, God Bless 'Em; The U-Boats and their Crews - Bravery and Fatalism; Winding Down and Going Home; Looking Back on Wartime Friendships; Select Bibliography. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. NF 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
289 Harclerode, Peter. Foreword by General Sir John Hackett. ARNHEM: A TRAGEDY OF ERRORS.
London Caxton 2000 1840671467 / 9781840671469 Reprint Very Good+ Very Good- 
192 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs, maps. "Operation 'Market Garden' remains one of the most spectacular and controversial battles of the Second World War. It was a bold plan, aimed at shortening the course of the war dramatically. Key bridges in Holland seized in advance by a daring airborne 'coup de main' would be the means to a surprise thrust into the German industrial heartland. On the fiftieth anniversary of the operation, (the author) has pieced together an important new view of what was a considerable failure. Existing accounts direct most of the blame at XXX Corps, and two divisions in particular, for failing to push the ground advance forward. This new work sets out to provide an objective and realistic appraisal of why things went wrong - and who in truth should have borne the responsibility. Why, for example, were demands for proper signals equipment for the airborne troops ignored, with predictable consequences? Why was intelligence pointing towards the fatal presence of the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions ignored before the operation? And why, with Allied air forces in a position to dominate the skies above the battlefield, was air support so lacking and ineffectual? While some of the questions needed for a definitive judgement can never be answered, this book represents an important step towards redressing the balance of criticism and allowing a new view of the bloody battles for Arnhem and Oosterbeek." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, very small hole in rear flap fold. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
PARA!  FIFTY YEARS OF THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT., Harclerode, Peter.  Foreword by Lieutenant General Sir Michael Gray.
290 Harclerode, Peter. Foreword by Lieutenant General Sir Michael Gray. PARA! FIFTY YEARS OF THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199127 / 9781860199127 Very Good+ Very Good 
415 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "The catalyst for the formation of British airborne forces came with the spectacular display of the capabilities of airborne assault by the German forces in the blitzkrieg against the west in 1940. Impressed by the daring and courage of the fallschirmjager, Churchill sought to create a similar arm for the British Army. Initially airborne operations were carried out by volunteers from all regiments and corps. While Britain was on the defensive, the newly formed parachute units took part in two airborne raids, carrying the war to the enemy in Italy and France. Of these, the most famous is the raid on Bruneval in 1942, during which German radar technology was captured. By the time the Allies were ready to invade 'Fortress Europe' in 1944, The Parachute Regiment, which had been formed in 1942, comprised a large number of well equipped and highly trained battalions. Those of the 6th Airborne Division were given the task of holding the vital left flank of the Normandy invasion beaches to block German reinforcements and ensure swift Allied breakout over the strategically vital bridges. The Regiment's most famous hour was again an excellent example of the nature of the warfare it had been conceived to conduct: the ill-fated combined airborne/ground assault in Holland in September 1944 depended entirely on a surprise airborne assault to open a corridor into Germany along which the British Second Army was to pour into the heart of Hitler's Reich. Although the plan failed, it firmly established The Parachute Regiment as an elite force: tough, well-trained and capable of undertaking hazardous operations deep in enemy territory. This tradition is no less true now, fifty years on, with the post-war period having seen many further stirring examples of the Regiment's skill and valour throughout the world: from Suez and the jungles of Malaya to the mountains of the Radfan, the Falkland Islands and duties in Northern Ireland." Minor rubbing, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has wrinkling at bottom of spine a few very light areas elsewhere, very light rubbing. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR., Harding, John R.  Signed
291 Harding, John R. Signed THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR.
Guelph, Ontario Privately Published 1988 0969342004 / 9780969342007 Very Good Signed by Author
144 pp, 8vo (9" H). Signed by author on half title page and with small handwritten and signed note in envelope at front. B&w photographs and map. "John Harding was born in London, Ontario in 1919. His family moved to Windsor in 1920 where he was raised. He was one of the hundreds of young men coming of age in the latter days of the depression, bitter at the prospects of widespread unemployment. He served as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command from the end of 1942 to mid-1944, rising from the rank of sergeant to flight-lieutenant, doing 2 tours on Lancasters at 103 Sqdn. and 550 Sqdn., after which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Seconded home in Aug./1944, he was attached to 168 Sqdn. RCAF in Ottawa, flying Canadian Forces mail across the Atlantic and up to the front lines. Leaving the airforce in Nov./1946, he joined Air Canada as a line navigator on trans-Atlantic and Caribbean duties, where he served for 30 years." Interior - Father's Day notation, place, date, and signature in ink on verso of rear free endpaper; book lightly cracked at end of index; gift inscription in ink on inside of front cover and a small envelope (attached by glue at tip) containing a card (non-authorial) and a small note from the author describing a squadron reunion and sales of the book; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light rubbing, a few soft wrinkles on covers, wear at bottom of spine, creasing on top 1" of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
DUNKIRK: THE NECESSARY MYTH., Harman, Nicholas.
292 Harman, Nicholas. DUNKIRK: THE NECESSARY MYTH.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1980 03402499X Very Good Very Good 
271 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "(The author), in this long, close and hard look at one of the events which shaped the course of the war, cogently argues that if the full truth had been known at the time, the nation's exultation at its deliverance would have been greatly dimmed; and that the Dunkirk spirit, which helped to sustain the British people through five more hard years of war was to a considerable extent based on myth; necessary myth, which was eagerly embraced by a nation under the spell of Churchill's oratory. For while the soldiers, or most of them, displayed fortitude, there was deception and trickery, conflict and contradictory orders at the political and high command level. It can be argued that in war it is sometimes necessary to deceive allies as well as enemies. The reader will be able to judge for himself the morality of actions taken by desperate men as catastrophe loomed ever nearer. Nicholas Harman scrutinises the Dunkirk affair at all its levels. He sees it through the eyes of Cabinet ministers and military commanders; from the naval angle and from the viewpoint of those who manned the 'little ships'; and he has researched a wealth of revealing anecdote about the confused, exhausted soldiers who made the long retreat to the port, and who, on arrival in Britain, were welcomed as if they had been conquerors." Large gift inscription on front free endpaper, remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, very light rubbing. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'., Harris, John.
293 Harris, John. DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1980. 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715378570 B&w photographs. "Packed with authentic atmosphere, the retreat and the desperate lifting of the weary soldiers is seen in its tragic entirety, often through first-hand reco llections of the men who were there. The story of Dunkirk is a dramatic epic of courage and confusion, resulting in a successful and often heroic evacuation....(Harris) describes in vivid detail how the evacuation developed, on a day-by-d a y b a s i s , and destroys more than one of the myths that have come to be associated with Dunkirk. However, the spirit, humour and drama that epitomised what came to be known as the 'spirit of Dunkirk' was, and is, undeniable. Illustrated wit h ma n y co nt em po ra r y photographs, this book provides a complete historical account of the lifting of the British expeditionary force in the first week of June 1940...." Tiny light stain in margin of pages 110/111, light edge wear, light wrin kl ing a t top /bo tto m o f s pi ne, faint finger marks on front endpapers. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, moderate wrinkling along top edge, very light rubbing, tiny tear at bottom of spine, small tear - taped on inside, old price sticker on fro nt fl ap. Ver y Go od/V ery Goo d 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TOBRUK:  THE GREAT SIEGE REASSESSED., Harrison, Frank.
294 Harrison, Frank. TOBRUK: THE GREAT SIEGE REASSESSED.
Brockhampton Press, (London, 1999), reprint. 
352 pp, lg 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1860199860 B&w photos, maps. "...has three principal sections: the siege, in which the Australian 9th Division held out so manfully against Rommel's Afrika Korps; the breakout, where the British 70 th Division broke clear of the fortress to create a corridor towards an intended rendezvous with the Eighth Army; and an important appraisal of the main opponent the Allies faced - the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel. The understated role of the Br i t i s h d ivision, the awesome battles they faced in opening and maintaining the corridor and the support to the action provided by the Royal Navy and RAF is clearly demonstrated and fully described..." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. Th is i s a n ew, unread book. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN., Hart, Liddell.
295 Hart, Liddell. THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN.
London Faber and Faber 1939 Third impression. Good+ No Jacket 
444 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H) - black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Contents: The Question Every One is Asking; The Conditions of Defence; The Situation before Munich; The Situation since Munich; The Method of Defence - Attack or Defence?; Can Britain be Invaded?; Sea Defence; Air Defence; Anti-Aircraft Defence; The Limitation of Air Warfare; The Defence of the Centre - France; The Defence of the Left Flank - The Low Countries; The Defence of the Right Flank - Switzerland; The Historical Background: 1869-1937; Exploration of the Problem: 1937; The Treatment of the Problem: 1937-8; Progress in Reform: 1938-9; The Organization of the War Office; The System of Promotion; The Handling of the Army - New Tactics; The Reform of Drill; Basic Training; The Reform of the Territorial Army; The Expansion of the Territorial Army; Index. Light cigarette odour, front free endpaper has been removed, light foxing on rear end papers and on front pastedown, light browning to pages, light browning and scattered tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, light to moderate edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
296 Hart, W.E. HITLER'S GENERALS.
Books for Libraries Press, Plainview, New York, 1976, reprint. 
222 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (dark blue cloth with silver lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. ISBN 0518101657 "The author served as an officer in the Reichswehr under the German Republic, and had the advantage of undergoing several Gener al Staff courses. That service having become impossible to him under Hitler, he lived in Germany for a time in active opposition to the government before finding his way as a volunteer, after the war began, into the ranks of the British A r m y , f r o m which he was invalided out. Here he reviews the careers of Hitler's generals in the light of their environment and their mental training, portraying most of them from personal contact either with the men themselves or with officer s of t he i r im me di a te circle. He presents their history under Hitler and in Hitler's war with intimate glimpses that should make clearer the governing influence upon the nation and the results, all unforeseen, of Hitler's rise upon them." C on ten ts: P re fa ce; Co lon el General Baron Werner von Fritsch; Field Marshal Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt; Field Marshal Erwin Eugen Johannes Rommel; Field Marshal Erhard Milch; Field Marshal Walther Heinrich Alfred Herman von Brauchitsch; Fi eld Mars hal Wil hel m Ke itel ; Fi eld Marshal Fedor von Bock; Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz; Admiral Erich Raeder; Index. Small faint erased pencil marks at top of half-title and title pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light r ubbi ng o n boa rds, ver y fa int s oilin g on top/ bottom of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DEVIL'S GRIN:  WHY AND HOW THE JAPANESE MILITARY IMPRISONED DUTCH CIVILIANS LIVING IN THE DUTCH EAST INDIES DURING THE 1941-1945 PACIFIC WAR., Harting, Toni.
297 Harting, Toni. THE DEVIL'S GRIN: WHY AND HOW THE JAPANESE MILITARY IMPRISONED DUTCH CIVILIANS LIVING IN THE DUTCH EAST INDIES DURING THE 1941-1945 PACIFIC WAR.
Toronto Self-published 2013 First Edition Very Good Signed by Author
186 pp, 9" H. Signed on title page: "Toni Harting / 31 May (?) 13". B&w photographs, map. "(A)ims to provide insight into, and information about, the mentality, philosophy, and motivation of the Japanese people, especially the Japanese military, before and during the 1941-1945 war in the Pacific, as well as their system of civilian concentration camps in the Dutch East Indies colony in Southeast Asia. The book also portrays the story of a young Dutch teenage boy developing into an eighteen-year-old man under brutal circumstances as a civilian prisoner of war in Japanese concentration camps in the Dutch East Indies. The story is formatted not as a conventional detailed memoir but as an information-presenting, journalistic report inspired by, and to a large extent based on, my own experiences, observations, and thoughts as a civilian prisoner of war." Interior - light soft crease to fore-edge of first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two very small faint soiling marks on top of text block, one small light stain on fore-edge of text block, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
BOYS, BOMBS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS:  A KNEES-UP, WHEELS-UP CHRONICLE OF WWII., Harvey, J. Douglas.
298 Harvey, J. Douglas. BOYS, BOMBS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS: A KNEES-UP, WHEELS-UP CHRONICLE OF WWII.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1982 0771040482 / 9780771040481 Reprint Very Good - Very Good- 
210 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "They called them the 'Brylcreem boys' - the young flyers who streamed into England from the first declaration of war, the kids with the jaunty grins and the willingness to take terrible risks. Among them were thousands of young Canadians, many barely out of high school, all delighted to leave behind humdrum lives in dusty, post-Depression Canada for the irresistible chance to learn to fly and help beat the Germans. Doug Harvey was one of them - a nineteen-year-old from Toronto who joined the RCAF, and in 1942 found himself a pilot in the elite Canadian No. 6 Bomber Group. (Here) is the fresh, frank, and often hilarious account of Harvey's experiences overseas. It is an unexpurgated description of what really happened to the group of young Canadian men who suddenly found themselves billeted in freezing Nissen huts in the lush English countryside - surround-ed by an unfamiliar people, whose customs puzzled and delighted them - and charged with the job of bombing Gemany into ruins. It is the chilling story of crews flying through the silent night skies, their lumbering Lancasters loaded with bombs, headed for unseen desinations hundreds of miles away. It is the jubilant story of the boys who made it safely home, mission accomplished, and the heart-breaking story of the thousands who didn't." Faint erased pencil narks at top corner of free front endpaper, light edge wear, book is slightly cocked, tiny foxing marks on top/bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two edge tears archivally taped, light foxing on inside of spine, slight darkening to spine and some edges, tiny closed tear on front hinge, light rubbing and soiling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II., Harvey, J. Douglas.
299 Harvey, J. Douglas. LAUGHTER-SILVERED WINGS: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE II.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1984 0771040474 / 9780771040474 First Edition Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w cartoons. "From the author of 'Boys, Bombs, and Brussels Sprouts' and 'The Tumbling Mirth: Remembering the Air Force' comes yet another uproarious ascent into high-altitude insanity. And this time, in the interest of 'equal flights', (the author) frequently features the delightful anecdotes sent to him by WDs. As enthusiastic and proud as any member of the air force, the first-ever members of the Women's Division led a life that was often tough, but always intriguing. (This book) contains dozens of hilarious stories from WDs who recall the days when uniforms seemed to come in just a single size - but women had to be brave in more ways than one. There is a wealth of other incident here as well. Confessions of blunders (or hair-breadth escapes) in the air, details of disastrous parades, and stories of social occasions that were sometimes bungled - but always enjoyed. Poems, prangs, and practical jokes are all part of this light-hearted look at the air force from pre-RCAF days on." Small area of slight colour fading on free front end paper, light wear at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny scuff marks, tiny dint on rear hinge, creases at bottom of rear panel. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
300 Harvey, J. Douglas. THE TUMBLING MIRTH: REMEMBERING THE AIR FORCE.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1983 0771040490 / 9780771040498 First Edition Very Good Very Good- 
263 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H). Liberally illustrated with b&w cartoons. "(A)n anecdotal history of the Royal Canadian Air Force from its origin in 1924 to the time of unification in 1967. It is an account to delight all readers - and one that will bring tears of laughter and recognition to air force personnel of every rank and station." Previous owner's ink name stamp on top of text block, Christmas gift inscription on free front endpaper, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small surface paper loss at bottom of front board. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight browning to colour on spine, a few very light line indentations on rear panel, soft crease down front panel near hinge, surface paper loss at top 2" of front flap-fold, light rubbing, light edge wrinkling and one small edge tear archivally taped. 
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